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In today’s news: Street musicians are to be paid with contactless cash, a piece on Spotify and censorship, King’s College appoint a new director of music, new YCAT artists are announced and in Washington D.C. 10 Stradivarius instrument are brought together. Sir Simon Rattle says farewell to Berlin, in Halle this years Händel Festival was opened and there is new research about the Spanish roots of Beethoven.

The Times

Where will Spotify’s censorship end?

The announcement this month that Spotify had instituted a new policy to deal with “hate content and hateful conduct” led some to ask: “Where will this end?”

The Telegraph

Buskers to be paid with contactless cards under world’s first scheme of its kind 

Busk in London, a Mayor of London initiative, has partnered with technology company iZettle to hand performers readers that allow them to set a fixed amount of money to donate and accept contactless payments from passers-by.

Link between personalities and music taste unearthed: Opera lovers more likely to be imaginative, study finds

People who like easy-listening music are likely to be talkative and energetic, while opera lovers are more insightful and imaginative, according to scientists.

Choir & Organ

King’s College appoints new director of music

King’s College, Cambridge has appointed Daniel Hyde as new director of music, to take office in October 2019. He will succeed Stephen Cleobury, who has held the post since 1982.

Classical Music

New YCAT artists announced

The Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) has selected three new artists for representation following a final round of auditions at Wigmore Hall.

Early Music Today

Academy of Ancient Music announces new Hogwood fellow

The Academy of Ancient Music (AAM) has announced that Sandy Burnett is the new Hogwood fellow for 2018-19.

The Strad

Ten Stradivarius instruments brought together for D.C. concert

Washington DC audiences are well acquainted with the concerts presented at the Library of Congress as well as the famed ensemble of Stradivari instruments presented to the Library by Gertrude Clarke Whittall.

Der Tagesspiegel

In ausgelassener Stimmung

Bilanz aus 16 Jahren: Simone Rattle dirigiert in der Waldbühne eines seiner letzten Konzerte als Chef der Berliner Philharmoniker.

Musik heute

Händel-Festspiele Halle mit Feierstunde eröffnet

Mit der traditionellen Feierstunde am Händel-Denkmal auf dem Markt in Halle (Saale) haben am Freitag die Händel-Festspiele in der Geburtsstadt des Barockkomponisten begonnen.

BR-Klassik

Ausgezeichnete Streichinstrumente

Das oberbayerische Mittenwald blickt auf eine lange Geigenbauhistorie zurück. Alle vier Jahre findet dort ein Wettbewerb für die besten Violinen, Violen und Violoncelli statt. Zahlreiche Preise gingen an Werkstätten in Cremona – ebenfalls eine Bastion des Instrumentenbaus.

El País

La abuela española (y alcohólica) de Beethoven

El libro ‘España en los grandes músicos’ explica la influencia de María Josefa Poll en el interés del compositor por la Península.

The New York Times

Interest Grows in a Master of Choral Mystery and Power

The composer Frank Martin (1890-1974) wrote choral works that are perhaps his crowning achievements, including the Mass for Double Choir.

 

Twitter

 

Sir Simon Rattle (c)Monika Rittershaus

(Written on May 28, 2018 )

In today’s news: The Royal Philarmonic and Charles Dutoit have together decided to bring forward his resignation from his role as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor. St John’s Smith Square and Tenebrae announce Holy Week Festival 2018 and the Cambridge Classical Concert Series is hitting the high notes. Also, German label OehmsClassics is now part of the Naxos group, and Sébastien Rouland was announced as new chief musical director at Saarländisches Staatstheater.

Classical Music

St John’s Smith Square and Tenebrae announce Holy Week Festival 2018

The second Holy Week Festival will take place 26 March – 1 April this year.

Cambridge Independent

Cambridge Classical Concert Series is hitting the high notes

The concert opens on Thursday, January 18 with the BSO performing Haydn’s Symphony No. 7.

U Discover Music

Bob Marley classic ‘No Woman No Cry’ given classical makeover by teenage cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason

The striking new version of the classic was released Friday, 5 January and has gone viral.

Heart

Liverpool unveils 2018 culture celebrations

The event will take place this year to mark 10 years since Capital of Culture year.

pizzicato

Charles Dutoit Steps Down as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic

According to a press release from the RPO, the Royal Philarmonic and Charles Dutoit have together decided to bring forward his resignation from his role as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor.

OehmsClassics gehört jetzt zu Naxos

Das deutsche Label OehmsClassics ist jetzt Teil der Naxos-Gruppe. Eine entsprechende Vereinbarung zur Übernahme der Geschäftsanteile wurde bereits unterzeichnet, teilt das Label mit.

klassik.com

Irish National Opera nimmt Betrieb auf

Am gestrigen Abend hat die Irish National Opera (INO) mit einem Galakonzert in der National Concert Hall in Dublin ihren Start gefeiert.

Musik Heute

Sébastien Rouland wird GMD in Saarbrücken

Das Saarländische Staatstheater bekommt einen neuen Generalmusikdirektor. Mit Sébastien Rouland (45) binde man “einen international renommierten Künstler”, sagte Kulturminister Ulrich Commerçon (SPD) am Mittwoch in Saarbrücken.

france musique

Et les nommés pour les Révélations des Victoires de la musique classique 2018 sont…

Les Victoires de la Musique classique viennent de dévoiler les 6 nommés dans la catégorie Révélations.

Twitter

Music History @today_classical: in 1895 FP of ‘ Sonata No.1 in f for clarinet and piano, in Vienna.

DW | Kultur @dw_kultur: Happy Birthday, Elphi! Vor einem Jahr erklang die das erste Mal. Hier eine Bilanz:

Image: © http://www.heart.co.uk

(Written on January 11, 2018 )

WildKat PR are excited to announce our new client Héloïse Werner!

Héloïse is a singer and performer, currently working on Scenes from the End, a new one-woman opera about grief that previewed at the Tristan Bates Theatre in February 2016 and will premiere this summer at the Camden and Edinburgh  Fringe Festivals. Héloïse was born in Paris, studied Music at Clare College, Cambridge and has received many awards for her work, such as the ‘Creation Prize’ from the Conservatoire Maurice Ravel.

Héloïse co-directs London-based contemporary quartet The Hermes Experiment (Park Lane Group Young Artists) and is a founder member of five-piece folk band The Coach House Company, with whom she has performed at Green Note, Ronnie Scott’s jazz club and Wilderness Festival, amongst others.

HeloiseWerner

“Soprano, Héloïse Werner really used the words performatively: not just their meaning but their sound. (…) Werner was called upon to imitate the train as well as sing: all carried off with a splendid sense of performance art.” – Seen and Heard International

Keep up to date with Héloïse’ news on her website, Twitter and Instagram.

(Written on April 28, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Prince Charles’ royal harpist is replaced and Facebook is planning its own streaming service. Also, an unseen letter by Mendelssohn is displayed in Cambridge and Friedemann Weigle has died aged 53.

Royal harpist who ran off with opera singer is replaced

Hannah Stone is replaced as Prince Charles’s official harpist by Anne Denholm

The Guardian

Facebook is ‘planning its own music streaming service’

Sources tell a music and tech site that the social media giant is to follow its video programme with an expansion into streaming

Classical Music Magazine

Unseen letter by Mendelssohn displayed in Cambridge

A previously unseen letter by Felix Mendelssohn has been placed on public display in an exhibition at St John’s College, University of Cambridge.

The Strad

Artemis Quartet violist Friedemann Weigle has died aged 53

Artemis Quartet violist Friedemann Weigle has died at the age of 53 following a long battle with illness.

British cellist Denis Vigay has died aged 89

The musician was principal cello of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Berliner Morgenpost

Iván Fischer verlängert Vertrag in Berlin bis 2018

Der Berliner Senat hat am Dienstag der Verlängerung des Vertrags von Iván Fischer um weitere drei Jahre zugestimmt. Damit bleibt Fischer bis 2018 Chefdirigent des Konzerthausorchesters Berlin.

Neue Musikzeitung

Ausstellungen zum Komponisten-Schwerpunkt des Festivals in Lübeck

In Lübeck sind vom Wochenende an zwei begleitende Ausstellungen zum Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival zu sehen, die sich mit dem russischen Komponisten Peter Tschaikowsky (1840-1893) befassen. Unter dem Titel «Kontrapunkte – Tschaikowsky und Brahms» stellte das Brahms-Institut der Musikhochschule die beiden gegensätzlichen Komponistenpersönlichkeiten gegenüber.

klassik.com

Emil Reinert gewinnt Leschetitzky-Preis beim Klavierwettbewerb Polnischer Musik

In Hamburg ist der 2. Deutsche Klavierwettbewerb polnischer Musik zu Ende gegangen. Der Leschetitzky-Preis als mit 2.000 Euro höchstdotierte Auszeichnung des Wettbewerbs ging an Emil Reinert.

Le Monde

En coulisses avec Jonas Kaufmann

Ce dimanche 28 juin, le patron des Chorégies d’Orange, Raymond Duffaut, rayonne. Sa victoire ? L’arrivée en tout début d’après-midi de Jonas Kaufmann, le ténor vedette de la nouvelle production du Carmen de Bizet…

The Washington Post

D.C. trio Eya presents a buffet of early music for lunchtime concert series

“Early music” is an umbrella term for all sorts of vocal and instrumental works. The label covers a lot of territory, from the Dark Ages to the 18th century and from Gregorian chant to the early symphony.

Tweets

Royal Albert Hall @RoyalAlbertHall: Our new responsive website is now live!

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3 guest @quantick‘s second choice is the Largo from Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”

Classic FM @ClassicFM: Here’s your chance to put a question to one of the world’s great violinists, @JoshuaBellMusic

Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook plans to launch its own streaming service
Photo: Justin Sullivan/ Getty Images/ The Guardian

(Written on July 9, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Alan Titchmarsh: the joy of Christmas carols

Carols such as Away in a Manger and God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen make Christmas – and we have John Rutter to thank

The Independent

Christmas 2014: ‘Silent Night’ named nation’s favourite carol

The carol ousted long-running favourite ‘O Holy Night’ from the top spot

BBC Music Magazine

The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge performs ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’

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International Arts Manager

New prize for young classical musicians

Warner Music Group has announced the creation of the Warner Music Prize, a new award to be given to a classical musician aged 18-35 ‘who demonstrates exceptional talent and promise, regardless of any label affiliation’.

Classic FM Online

Pierre Boulez awarded Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award

Conductor and composer Pierre Boulez will be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 57th GRAMMY Awards on 7 February 2015.

Pizzicato

Orchestersterben in Italien geht weiter

Vier italienische Orchester wurden in den letzten zwei Jahren liquidiert

Klassik.com

Mailand: Wer zu spät kommt, wartet nun doch im Foyer

Intendant Pereira rudert nach Protest der Pünktlichen zurück

Concerti

Der schöne Glanz der Vergangenheit

Schein oder Sein? Ungarns Regierung lässt in Budapest die Pracht der k.u.k.-Monarchie neu erblühen – das lockt Kulturtouristen an

Codex Flores

Bilanz 13/14 des Zürcher Opernhauses

Das Opernhaus Zürich hat in der Saison 13/14 330 Vorstellungen präsentiert, die 233‘021 Eintritte generiert haben.

El Mundo

Adjudicado el decorado del Teatro Real para el caballero de la esquina

La segunda edición de la subasta de objetos de vestuario y ‘atrezzo’ del Teatro Real de Madrid se salda con el 75% de las piezas vendidas.

Twitter

Guardian Classical @GdnClassical: Tim Ashley’s introduction to opera: Politics http://gu.com/p/44bbc 

Classicalite @Classicalite: The Gershwin Hotel Updates Facade and Renames to #TheEvelyn, Remembers Art and Music Past http://www.classicalite.com/articles/13615/20141222/gershwin-hotel-updates-facade-renames-evelyn-remembers-art-music-past.htm?exe=reporter …

Klassik.com @klassikcom: Bariton Wolfgang Koch als Kammersänger ausgezeichnet http://klassik.com/?G662J  #Oper #Gesang #Bariton

Skyline of Budapest photo: Hungarian National Tourist Office (via concerti)

Skyline of Budapest
photo: Hungarian National Tourist Office (via concerti)

(Written on December 23, 2014 )

Every day the WildKat team scan the newspapers and blogs online to bring you a digested list of the day’s classical music.

Gramophone Blogs

500 years of St. Johns College, Cambridge

Andrew Nethsingha looks to the future as The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge marks the 500th anniversary of the College.

Gramophone News

Tears as Helsinki Philharmonic plays Sibelius’ Eighth fragments

Extraordinary scenes as composer’s own orchestra plays controversial sketches for the first time.

The Guardian -Tom Service

Leif Segerstam: weird and wonderful symphonic master

Maverick, eccentric? Words can’t describe this prolific Finnish composer – which probably explains his symphonies’ titles.

The Telegraph

ENO’s new Eugene Onegin is a great show: shame about the casting though.

Eugene Onegin is the perfect opera in search of the perfect production, which it rarely gets. I’ve seen some stinkers in my time – including the infamous Brokeback Mountain staging in Munich several years ago, which transformed Lensky and Onegin into cowboy lovers and the grand ball in St Petersburg into a nightclub dance routine done by all-male chorus line in big hats, boots, and little else.

The Times

Takács Quartet: Haydn String Quartets

Nothing in Haydn is innocuous. This isn’t music for multi-taskers: the more closely you listen, the more gripping and mischievous it becomes…

 

(Written on November 18, 2011 )

This November sees the launch of a 12 day UK tour for Ivor Bolton conducting the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra. The tour begins on the 17th November, with the first performance at St David’s Hall in Cardiff.

The 91-strong orchestra builds on the inspirational artistic leadership of principal conductor Ivor Bolton (appointed in 2004), whose musical versatility and high artistic standard has earned him engagements with leading orchestras, opera companies and baroque ensembles worldwide. He is one of the most highly acclaimed and internationally active British conductors. Ivor regularly appears at opera houses around the world including Covent Garden, Madrid, Paris and New York.

Pianist Freddy Kempf will be the soloist throughout this tour. Freddy Kempf is one of today’s most successful pianists, performing to sell-out audiences all over the world. He has built a unique reputation both as an explosive and physical performer not afraid to take risks as well as a serious, sensitive and profoundly musical artist.

TOUR DATES AND VENUES:

17 November – St David’s Hall, Cardiff

18 November – Corn Exchange, Cambridge

19 November – St George’s Hall, Bradford

20 November – The Sands Centre, Carlisle

21 November – Venur Cymru, Llandudno

22 November – City Hall, Hull

23 November – Town Hall, Middlesbrough

25 November – Cadogan Hall, London (sold out!)

26 November – Warwick Arts Centre, Warwick

27 November – City Hall, Sheffield

28 November – Cliffs Pavillion, Southend

For more information, visit Ivor Bolton’s website, facebook page and twitter.

(Written on November 1, 2010 )